Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 25

buoyant
light and colors frolic
fine fibers stand to announce 
their presence on a weedy stalk 
shimmer in joyful gratitude for life
despite winter's gravitational fist
pulling them towards earth's
belly where soon they
shall rest quieted
beneath a snow
quilt


For the past four years, this will be the fifth, I've invited visitors of this blog, friends and family to pause, close their eyes, exhale slowly, inhale deeply, exhale slowly once again and then without thinking, write down what they were grateful for in that exact moment. Then I asked them to send me whatever they wrote down in an email. It could be a word, a sentence, a paragraph. The key is not thinking, rather to write from the flow of love that rises from the heart a very personal real-time moment of gratitude.  I collected all of these offerings and linked them together to form a "word quilt" that will be published on Thanksgiving morning, November 27th, here in the United States. All together these sincere words of thankfulness form an unending loop (a mobius) of thankfulness that wraps around the world. Each year there have been offerings from every continent with the exception of Antarctica. This project has been a comfort and joy to all who participate. 

I invite you to join this year's Fifth Annual Mega Mobius Gratitude Quilt! (Click this link to learn more about the origins of this project and see quilts from years past.) 

It is easy to participate in the Gratitude Quilt: Open a new word doc on your computer (or take out a sheet of paper and a pen). Close your eyes. Place one hand on your heart, then your other hand over that, giving yourself a gentle hug. Breathe into and out through the center of your heart for several breaths. Now, exhale slowly. Inhale deeply. Exhale again… type or write whatever you are most thankful for in that moment. Do not edit just let the words flow. There is no need to translate into English if that is not your native tongue. Copy and paste the words into an email and send them to me laura@shinethedivine.com by November 24th so I have time to "stitch" out words together. Please type the words "Gratitude Quilt" in the subject line

Ask your family members to participate as well; the offerings of children and elders are greatly appreciated. In fact if you are a teacher or work with children/families/anyone in a hospital setting, their words of gratitude are also most welcome. Sometimes the gratitude that people who are facing challenges will surprise you and strengthen your own sense of thankfulness as well as all of ours.


For the remainder of this month I will post a photo (or perhaps a few) a day of something that lifted up gratitude in my heart, both in the moment I first noticed it, and then reviewing the image again as a way of sealing the experience of thankfulness in my consciousness.



Welcome to our Twenty Fifth Week of 
I Heart Macro

"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR
I Heart Macro offerings!


Shine the Divine


Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...
S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)

46 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 25 weeks of IHM, I'm looking forward to many more to come. The quilt is a wonderful idea.

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  2. Beautiful images and words, Laura! Gratitude is so important, thanks for the reminder :)

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  3. That's one fine poem, my friend. You make me feel the season and the subtle changes it brings in your words.

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  4. I can't believe that it's already this time of year. I love your gratitude quilt and followed your guidance on how to write my piece of it. And the words did indeed flow. I'll send them to you in an email right away. Thank you for this, beautiful Laura.

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  5. shimmer in joyful gratitude for life................beautiful

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  6. I love the first pic, you created such a lovely lens flare. I love lens flares. :) Lovely words too. <3

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  7. Beautiful macro work, thanks Laura.

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  8. The gratitude quilt is a lovely initiative, Laura. Please see:

    http://nicholasjv.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/some-things-to-be-thankful-for.html

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  9. nice...its all part of the cycle....i am glad though that mother nature tucks them in under a blanket to stay warm as they rest....smiles...

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  10. I greatly enjoyed the photo and the poem, Laura. Soon all will be under that snow quilt. Also love the idea of thinking of something EACH day with gratitude. There is so much to be thankful for when we take time to look and appreciate.

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  11. Lovely images and words......thank you Laura. It's comforting to know that everything is part of a process and always being taken care of.

    Happy Sunday!
    Ruby

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  12. Another wonderful post laura, I always love reading them. Thank you my friend.

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  13. The fibers and the rainbow colored flare make this so gorgeous.
    Beautiful macro!

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  14. winter's gravitational fist--there is such serenity in this piece Laura--

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  15. I love the sparkle lights from your beautiful pics.
    Have a nice week ♥
    Many greetings Sabine

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  16. Wonderful light, exquisite photos!

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  17. Dear Laura,
    the idea of the Gratitude Quilt is wonderful!!! I already look forward to the result.
    Your words are so beautiful and I love the light on your photos and the lens flare, too.
    Unfortunately, I have problems with the upload. (flash upload task is interrupted io error #2038) I don't understand the problem. I hope I will find a a solution soon.
    Have a wonderful and an enchanting week, full of lights and thankful moments!
    Katrin

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  18. I love fall foliage. Thanks for stopping by my weekend reflection and commenting. - Margy

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  19. Really if we see goodness in all then we can get quilt like warmth from snow also. In fact, layers of snow indeed provide warmness as air is trapped in between. So nice thoughts...

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  20. Lovely images and I am linking in again...I am enjoying being here more and I will definitely be sending something for the Gratitude Quilt.

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  21. As usual your photos ar ebeautiful Laura! Lovely poem. Ile the idea of "shimmering in joyful gratitude". Gratefulness is often underrated. I like how you encourage us to find it in our lives.

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  22. Wow, wonderful details! Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #107!

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  23. Such wonderful imagery in your poem, Laura. The lovely photo - a perfect complement.

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  24. Thank you for the lovely words & pictures ~ I will be participating in the gratitude quilt ~

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  25. The bokeh in your images is spectacular!

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  26. Your close up of … stems - so very mundane and basic - are gorgeous! You find beauty everywhere. I also love the idea of everything peaceful under a quilt of snow.

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  27. Lovely words and image, Laura! The quilt is a beautiful idea! Have a happy week ahead!

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  28. Such lovely details you find in nature and show to us in a beautiful light.

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  29. Beautiful words and photo. I love the bokeh.

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  30. Great bokeh in both photos Laura.

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  31. Such beautiful words and images....reading the poem I feel peace. Your photos as always are so lovely. I am looking forward to participating in your gratitude quilt this year.

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  32. ah i love that you're doing this... and i love the snow quilt image as well

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  33. Beautiful poem and interesting quilt project!

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  34. I have done something wrong ... the link is ok, but I can't see the photo ... Sorry !

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  35. I did send you my thoughts via email, Laura... and finally scrolled down enough to see comments! (LOL) May this project be a blessing to you, to those who write, and to the world - so hungry for peace for so many years... Peace, Amy

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  36. I love the view-you intimately show us how to look again~

    Yes, I will be part of the quilt...thank you for reminding me!
    @>----------------

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  37. Thank you for all the beautiful photos which you share with us through this meme!

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  38. Thank you for all the beautiful photos you sahre with us through this meme!

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  39. How beautifully the photo talks to your poetry..

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  40. I hope you get a lot of people to participate Laura... hugs..Michelle

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  41. What a cool idea. And I love your photos and words. Great stuff here.

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